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Natural Law

Posted by Walt Thompson on Monday, 20 March 2017 in Family of God 0 Comments

Natural Law

 

God’s Law of Love

Define:  

Natural law is an unchangeable rule, principle, or power in nature, by which all things operate--animate and inanimate, visible and invisible--apart from which nothing exists. Because of the broad range of interest governed by natural law we categorize it into various specific areas of study. Thus we now speak of natural laws governing philosophy, science, ethics, physiology, etc. Interestingly, just as there is no demonstrable explanation for the origin of our universe, there is no explanation for the origin of natural law other than that of their eternal existence along with that of an omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, eternally self-existent, God that created and established all things, just as claimed by the Holy Bible.

Claimed, Astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson, in a 2014, American Science Documentary television series entitled, “A Space-time Odyssey,” when describing the laws of science that have made it possible to explore the heavens, included the above claim that “all natural laws are unchangeable.”

All Natural Law is Unchangeable

It is interesting to note that of all categories of natural law, only the natural law governing morality is often treated as an exception to the unchangeable rule. It has, accordingly, been a source of serious contention in the religious world throughout the centuries.

One might wonder why this should be so!

In contemplating this idiosyncrasy, it is interesting to note that all life, of any sort, is dependent upon natural law, and life cannot exist in its absence. In fact, ignorance of, or disregard for any natural law of any category, always, and without exception, is incompatible with life.

Please consider for example just this one simple example. Pretend that the law of gravity does not exist—or that it is subject to change. Now, jump off from the roof of some tall building without applying any anti-gravity laws or protective measures. What will happen? Always! And so it is with all natural law. Respect and obey, or die!--Sooner or later! There is no other possible outcome.  There are no exceptions!

Oh Yes! There is one exception that many claim. It is the Moral law of Love as codified by the Ten Commandments, and summarized by Jesus in His discussions with the religious elite of His day. Yet, even most religious authorities of our times claim the power to change the Moral law--add to it, subtract from it, etc., and assume there will be no untoward consequences to life. Of all categories of natural law, only the moral law is excepted!

only the moral law is excepted!

AMAZING!

OR IS IT?

 

Let us take a look at the ten precepts of Law of Love, the great Moral Law of the universe

You shall worship the Lord, your God, and Him only shall you serve.

You shall not have any kind of other things (gods) that may claim your love and attention.

You shall not make light of the name of God in any way.

You shall remember the Seventh-day Sabbath to keep it holy—set apart as special time to be with me, permitting nothing else to interfere.

And you shall love your neighbor as yourself.

You shall honor your parents.

You shall not kill.

You shall not commit adultery.

You shall not steal.

You shall not deceive.

You shall not covet anything of anyone.

 

In these ten precepts are summed up ALL possible moral relationships between God and man and between man with man.

Yes! Unquestionably! Such obedience, if inspired and driven by true self-renouncing, unconditional, love, and if universally practiced from the day of creation--would have maintained a perfectly united human world community free of sorrow, pain, and death without end. Unfortunately, Satan’s victory over Adam and Eve in their Garden home began a tragic moral slide that during the next six millennia has brought us to the disgraceful place to which we find ourselves today.

We might wonder why this should be!

The answer to this question goes back to God and His all-encompassing Moral law of Love. God is not God, and Love is not Love, that does not include freedom—freedom to comply or to reject, and to accept the natural consequence, whether life or death.

Herein is the dilemma

The Bible tells us that long before the creation of man, Lucifer, one of the highest angels of heaven chose to challenge God and His Moral Law of Love. In time his rebellion spread throughout heaven, capturing the support of one third of the angelic host who then declared war against God and His governance of Love. Rejecting that love, they were cast from heaven (Revelation 12:3-9; Isaiah 14:12-14; Ezekiel 28:12-18).

  Though having been warned by God very soon after creation to refrain from eating fruit of one tree in their garden home, the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and of Evil on pain of death, Adam and Eve chose to yield to the Serpent’s (devil’s) deception, and ate of the fruit of that forbidden Tree. Ever since, we, their descendants of all ages, have been subject to his irresistible dominion over our lives, reaping the death that then naturally occurs.

Thanks to God and that same all-encompassing Moral Law of Love, even before creation He made provision whereby through the infinite, sacrificial, death of His Unique Son, Jesus, we might each escape the natural consequences of the devil’s selfish rule.

 

There is no greater love than this--and no greater law than the great Moral Law of Love

Amazing Grace!

 

Crucial to any discussion about the Ten Commandment Law of Love is the fact, that though most of the commands are written in the negative (indicating their intent to serve as barriers whereby we might avoid the dangers of life in a sin-infested world), in doing so they reveal what sin is so that we might recognize and avoid it, (Romans 7:7). Thus in recognizing our vulnerability, we see our need to confess our sin and turn to Jesus, earnestly seeking transformation from the power of evil to the governance of Godly Love in every aspect of our lives.

Sin is no longer appealing

If and when, then, true Godly love governs every aspect of our lives, sin is no longer appealing in any way. In fact, this is exactly what Jesus promised would be possible as a result of His sacrifice on the Cross and by the work of the Holy Spirit that He promised to send when He returned to be with His father (John 14:15-17—chapters 15, 16 as well). Accordingly, all of heaven is available and desirous of restoring us to full faith and fellowship with Him and His faithful followers everywhere around the world. Our role is merely to choose Him and, by faith, to accept His love.

Moral compass for Universe

Furthermore, the moral law serves as the moral compass for the entire universe, without which none of the other natural laws have any meaning or purpose, either for the earth or the universe. Even more importantly, without a God, who is Love personified, life would never have been created, and even if it had been, would have self-destructed—even as we are witnessing in our world today after only about six thousand years of our rejection of Love’s control over our collective human existence.

God has not

Fortunately, though we humans have to a large extent ignored the Moral Law of love, God has not! In fact, that Love is so powerful that it was willing to take the infinite risk of offering Jesus, Christ, the unique Son, and One equal with God the Father and the Holy Spirit, to enter into conflict with the devil, Satan, to defeat opposition and save the world and His own Sovereignty over all things In the process.

 

Call to repentance

Certainly, this calls upon every one of us to acknowledge our rebellion, and confess our sin--humbly and fully submitting to God, Creator, redeemer and sustainer--earnestly pleading with Him to restore (establish) His Law of Love in our hearts, minds, and entire beings.

When transformed

When transformed and governed by the Law of Love, it will reveal itself in similar Love, respect, and honor, not only for God and our fellow men, but for God’s entire creation, both animate and inanimate—now and throughout the entire universe for all eternity. That is just the nature of Love!

The adventure of discovering of the Moral Law of Love

In an effort to help His listeners understand the process by which it is possible for one to enjoy the full benefits provided by the Moral Law of Love, Jesus told a parable about a man that happened upon a hidden treasure as he was walking through a field one day. Whereupon, sensing the value of his discovery, he sold everything that he had and purchased the field. Again, Jesus told a parable about a man that traveled around the entire world in search of a choice pearl. When he found what he was looking for, he was so thrilled by his find that he sold everything he owned to purchase it.

Two valuable truths

These parables teach us two valuable truths, i.e. 1) Jesus loved(s) us so much that He gave up everything, even heaven itself in His bid to free us humans, deceptively trapped, and maliciously held captive by Satan in this sin-infested world, and 2) when we catch even a tiny glimpse of the benefits provided by the great Moral Law of Love, we, like the men in Jesus’ parable, will rush to sell all that we have to experience the privilege of living and walking with Jesus day by day in this world here and now as we travel on the road to glory with Him in heaven, and the newly, recreated world when at last we come to the end of the way.

When we awaken

Put another way, when we finally awaken to the awful cost of living in sin and catch even a taste of the benefits provided by the Law of Love, we, like the those in the parables Jesus told, will yearn so earnestly for a way of escape, that we will pay any price to live and walk with Jesus in the Way of Love. Then, it will not be a sacrifice to give up the “Pleasures” and pursuits of this world, but a great joy and privilege. In fact, having once tasted the joy of pouring out our hearts to God (Jesus) in prayer (simply speaking to Him as one speaks as friend with a friend), discovering precious promises and lessons in the Holy Scriptures, and fellowshipping with Him and The Family of God (His other believers) on God’s Holy Sabbath day according to the Commandment, we will soon find it difficult and even very uncomfortable to be long in the presence of sin and the devil’s deceptions in this world.

uncomfortable in sin

Love originates with God who is Himself, love, impersonated. Any hope of ourselves becoming governed by the moral law of love depends completely upon frequent and close connections with Him, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit through Bible study, frequent meditation, prayer and unselfish service to others.

 

The teachings of Jesus regarding the Commandments, the great Moral Law of Love

“But when the Pharisees heard that He (Jesus) had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, ‘Teacher, which is the great commandment of the law?’ Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the Prophets.’” Matthew 22:34-40. NKJV

Truly, Jesus recognized that all of the ten precepts of the great Moral Law of Love were merely expressions of love for both God and fellow man.

I did not come to destroy but to fulfill

“Do not think that I came to destroy the law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one title will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled,” Matthew 5:17, 18. NKJV

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34, 35. NKJV

is not something new

 

Again, this “new commandment” is not something new, but merely a summary reminder of the application of the great Moral Law of Love that has been eternally existent.

“In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to bethe propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loves us, we also ought to love one another,” 1 John 4:9-11. NKJV

We are the children of God

“By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome,” 1 John 5:2, 3. NKJV

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life,” John 3:16. NKJV

The Sabbath was made for man

 “And He said to them, ‘The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath,” Mark 2:27, 28. NKJV

Obviously, this is but an application of the Moral Law.

Jesus recognized

Note: These selected Bible texts clearly indicate that Jesus recognized the eternal nature of the Ten Commandments (including the Sabbath), the great Moral Law of the universe that was given to Moses more than fourteen hundred years before, engraved on tablets of stone by God Himself.

Origin of the Moral Law of Love

as far back as human history exists

From as far back in time as recorded human history exists, (in addition to the story of Adam and Eve in the Holy Bible and their fall to the deception of the serpent, Satan), there is evidence in both the religious and secular world of the existence and knowledge of the Moral Law of Love. For example, we may find in ancient Chinese characters inscribed upon pottery shards dating back about five thousand years, descriptions of God, of creation, of the seventh-day Sabbath, the flood of Noah’s day, and the use of animal sacrifices. (It is interesting parenthetically, that a few years ago, a Korean Anesthesiologist who often administered anesthesia to my surgical patients, was studying the original Chinese language. On one occasion he showed me a drawing of a very holy Chinese character depicting an animal sacrifice that he told me symbolized the concept of Righteousness.)

In fact, this use of animal sacrifices dates back to the very beginning of many cultures around the world confirming the knowledge of good (Love) and of evil (anti-love). Perhaps the most significant of these is now known to us as the Signs of the Zodiac. Each of the 12 (24) constellations (signs) symbolize one important aspect of God’s plan for saving us from our sin. Interestingly, even the names of many of the stars composing those constellations have ancient names related to this plan of God. Many other ancient societies, too, have legends referring to the conflict between Good and evil, creation, and evidences of God’s rule of love.

There is no lack of evidence

No! There is no lack of evidence for the existence of the Moral Law of Love from the very day of creation and the beginning of history--including the Seventh-day Sabbath, sanctified, and set apart as holy time by God Himself.

Long before God handed the Ten Commandments, graven upon tablets of stone to Moses while on the top of Mount Sinai, both biblical and secular history confirm the knowledge of, not only the Sabbath, but of the other Commandments--by Abraham and his descendants as well (Genesis 26:4, 5; Acts 13: 22).

Summary

While most of the world refuses to examine the evidence of the unchangeable nature of the great Moral Law of Love, preferring, rather to choose the transient “pleasures of sin” (Hebrews 11:25) under the devil’s captivity. This fact does not disallow the Moral Law nor prevent all of its benefits here on earth.

Ultimate, eternal benefits

More importantly, the ultimate, eternal benefits of that unchangeable law only await the completion of judgment and eternal eradication of sin and its adherents--of demons and men.  When in time the resolution of the sin problem has been achieved, Jesus will establish His eternal reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, never again to be subject to challenge by any evil power. Then, and only then will the full benefits of the Kingdom of God and the Moral Law of Love become available to all for all eternity.

The Bible describes this state

The Bible describes this state as one of never-ending life of peace, joy, happiness, with meaning and purpose that will never cease to exist throughout eternity—for the Moral Law of Love, like all of the other natural laws guarantees the unlimited benefits of love.

My response to this Good News may be well expressed in the lyrics of such following songs as, Who Am I; My Tribute; I Want to Spend My whole life healing broken People, etc.

Yet, my heart thrills as I contemplate joining with the saved of all ages gathered around the Throne of God in heaven as described by John the Revelator in the Book of Revelation, chapter five below, singing praises to Him.

 “Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. 2) And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, ‘who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?’ 3) But no one in heaven or in earth or under the earth could open the scroll or look inside. 4) I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. 5) Then one of the elders said to me, ‘Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has won the victory. He is worthy to open the scroll and its seven seals.”

6) Then I saw a Lamb that looked as if it had been slaughtered, but it was now standing between the throne and the four living beings and among the twenty-four elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes which represent the sevenfold Spirit of God that is sent out into every part of the earth. 7) He stepped forward and took the scroll from the right hand of the one sitting on the throne. 8) And when he took the scroll, the four living beings and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp, and they held gold bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of God’s people. 9) And they sang a new song with these words:

“You are worthy to take the scroll and open it. For you were slaughtered, and your blood has ransomed people for God from every tribe and people and nation.

10) And you have caused them to become

a Kingdom of priests for our God.

And they will reign on earth.”

11) Then I looked again, and I heard the voices of thousands and millions of angels around the throne and of the living beings and the elders. 12) And they sang in a mighty chorus:

“Worthy is the Lamb who was slaughtered—

To receive power and riches

And wisdom and strength

and honor and glory and blessing.”

13) And then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea. They sang:

“Blessing and honor and glory and power

Belong to the one sitting on the throne

And to the Lamb forever and ever.”

14) And the four living beings said, ‘Amen!’ And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped the Lamb.

 

This is the proof we need to know that the great Moral Law of Love is, like all other natural law, unchangeable and universally necessary for the creation and eternal sustenance of life, and even the very existence of the universe itself. Such love expressed by the Sovereign of the Universe, omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient cannot be resisted—resulting in universal, never-ending peace, joy, happiness, and meaning.

Such is the desire and plan of God as assured by His victory over Satan and all evil at Calvary.

Praise His Holy Name!

AMEN!

 

 

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